Love Is

by Lance Ekum on · 26 comments

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“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” ~ Gary Zukav

Soft music. Dimmed lights. Candle-lit.

A service of healing, for all who want it. Deeply. And for whatever healing that might mean.

The time: nearly two years ago.

This was the third such service like this I had been a part of. This one, though – different. Different, as I would be in the role of “healer”…listening to people’s petitions, needs, wants, desires. And then – lift those up to a Higher Source.

Is there training for this position? Does a “healer” have to know anything special, do anything special? Did I really know at all what to do?

Perhaps the training had been on the job training from the first two sessions. Two sessions where I was fully involved, except not in this role of “healer”.

So…I listened.

…I listened with my heart…

Perhaps this deeper listening is most important. Perhaps really hearing what another soul is saying…not just the spoken words, words from deep within. Words spoken with the eyes. Words spoken from the heart. Words spoken with tears, words spoken with a smile. Words that are real.

It was a sacred experience.

It was not about knowing what the right things were to say or do. It was not about being some sort of expert on any of this.

It was all about being fully in that moment…listening, caring.

Being love.

And then … being open to the words that came from my soul.

Love, in action.  Love, without jugdgement.  Love, and love alone.

What a truly moving experience. A complete focus on that moment, that soul, there with me. Our spirits locked together by human touch. A gift from the Divine.

Maybe it all seems a bit “out there”. Touch-feely. It’s not like any of this offers any physical healing, any noticeable healing.

Healing of the soul.

Disease. Pain. Strained relations. Family challenges. Suffered friendships. Lost jobs. Financial difficulties. Death.

The stuff that seems big.

Courage. Show love. Embrace the moments. Wisdom. Fears. Loneliness.

The stuff that’s harder to fully quantify.  The stuff that doesn't have to be quantified…just heard…

Where are you at on this? Is there healing that you could use?

I have done this three times, this service of healing. Each time I’m moved to not only play an active role in the healing process, even more than that – to be on the receiving end of this healing gift

To have hands placed on me. To share openly. And then to allow the healing process to begin anew, through that healing touch of another.

Perhaps we can all use a some healing in our lives.

Wherever we are in our life. Whatever we are doing. Perhaps it’s something very specific. Or maybe something more general. When we are open to going deeper within ourselves, to seeing this bigger need for healing, always…

LOVE, in action.

Does anything really change? Am I really any different because I’ve been “healed”? Or does this just seem like some “feel good” moment, only to be quickly forgotten once I’ve left this sacred place?

I can only speak from my personal experience. And in that…I believe deeply that there truly is a healing taking place. I am changed. Maybe it doesn’t cure some disease overnight. Or mend a broken relationship the next day. Or give me that boost of courage I need to stand up for something I believe later that evening. Perhaps it’s much deeper than any of this. Perhaps that healing starts at a soul level. And in that, we experience a deeper wholeness with ourselves

And that, I believe, is love.

May each of you find a deep sense of peace within…and know that love is…

…love is the movement…

by Lance Ekum

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Be February 1, 2012 at 6:42 am

Lovely post Lance … for some reason I have been reading an awful lot of posts and articles on love this last week … I’m paying attention 🙂
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Lance Ekum February 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm

…it’s pretty amazing when that happens – when it’s like there’s a message that’s meant to reach us (and we “get” it)…

Very awesome!


feliciafarnham February 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm

This was very beautifully and poetically written – I am in total agreement with you! Love feels like something that truly comes from somewhere deep and touches the soul! Yet, it is one of those things that is terribly difficult to define because of how dynamic it is. It would be as tough to pin a definition down on Love as it would be to actually understand Infinity!
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Joy February 1, 2012 at 6:56 am

“Love is the movement”…a resounding yes!
Love is presence. And this is what you share so generously within the service that you mention, but also within your family and your community and all that you create and share online. Love.
I think one of the key points that you mention is the ability to receive it back in. An opening to and honoring of flow. A beautiful gift.
Thank you for being you and for all that you reflect. This is so beautiful to begin the day and the month–an affirmation to me of all that I hold true and create from.
? it!


Lance Ekum February 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

…and that picture just speaks it so clearly…

And I want to just thank you for highlighting what you have. See…if I’m being honest, it’s not always easy to be open to receiving that love (and healing) back in. I’m not sure I can pinpoint the “why” in that, and it’s not like I block everything. It’s just that I know (in my heart) that sometimes I hold back in this area. During this particular moment (the one described above) though, I was completely open to love. And it was such a heart-touching experience – one that’s hard to fully describe.

So, again, thank you. You have a gift for reaching my soul in a place that needs it (even when I don’t see that).

Love to you…always…


Jennifer Richardson February 1, 2012 at 7:25 am

“love and love alone”.
yes and yes.
this softens my breath
and makes my heart relax deeply.
what a powerful write…..thank you.


Lance Ekum February 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

So wonderful to see you here today – and know that I’m thinking of you, especially, and of your reunion…and of love…


rob white February 1, 2012 at 7:51 am

I love that Lance. Indeed, love is the moment and the movement. It is always available to us at any point of our existence. Perhaps we can’t measure or weigh love with a yardstick or scale, but we know how great this attitude feels, and we know it’s real. You expressing your Authentic Self marvelously for everyones benefit today. Your Authentic selfis radiant and cheerful. Its essence is the truth. Its essence is love. That is what is real about you.
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Lance Ekum February 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I appreciate you, and the way you make even more clear the thoughts that bounce around in my head and in my heart.

Love is always possible…


Audra Krell February 1, 2012 at 8:12 am

My favorite line is about words spoken with the eyes. So many people won’t look you in the eye anymore and it makes me hurt for them. A lot of healing can happen through the windows to the soul. It’s hard to see God if we aren’t willing to look up.


Lance Ekum February 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I remember the moment so clearly – the reaching out of hands to connect, and reaching out of eyes to connect. And it was so much that – a connection to the soul. There was no judgment, just peace. And what was shared – it was so clearly spoken directly from the soul…in such a moving way.

Audra, thank you…for being here, for your friendship and love, and for being you…


Jody - Fit at 54 February 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

It can be scary but it is good healing! Thx lance!
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Lance Ekum February 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Yes, it can definitely be scary – sharing innermost thoughts with another. And yet, in it all – it was such a sacred experience…

Thanks so much for your wonderful support…


David Stevens February 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Hi Lance,
Love is what you see with your heart & that gives you joy. Loving each prescious moment is a great place to start. Thankyou.
be good to yourself
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Lance Ekum February 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm

So true… Our heart is just filled with so much – and when we open up to that…love pours out…


Debbie @ Happy Maker February 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Very good Lance. there is nothing in this world like LOVE. Love can heal a broken heart. Love has no boundries and reach across a sea.
Yes, i believe love is what touches the soul when we open ourselves up to the healing.
Thank you for something beautiful.
Blessing always,
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Lance Ekum February 1, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Love is so, so much – from the littlest of things to the biggest – and so, so much a part of whatever healing we are going through (and I believe that there are always ways for us to be healed…because there is always room for more love within us…)…

Love and light,


Jon Mertz February 2, 2012 at 6:37 am

Well said, Lance. Love often seems lofty, but it is real and raw. More than that, it is renewing. You touched on many emotions that make it all come alive. Thank you for taking the time to share this. Jon
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Lance Ekum February 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Yes…love sure is renewing…

And that idea of “coming alive” – when we touch that LOVE place (in a myriad of possible ways) – what a wonderful feeling that is…

Thanks for visiting!


Meg February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

I LOVE THIS!!! I starred it in my google reader so I can always come back to it. LOVE is the movement. We all need a little love in our hearts. Thanks for making my day!


Lance Ekum February 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Travelin’ Meg!!
You rock!!!


Jen February 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Ah, Lance.
You nailed it!

I remember healing services as a child. My parents were very spiritual, and at times at retreats many many people would congregate and place hands on someone for healing. I always observed silently, not wanting to show too much emotion (you know….teenager:) But was always aware of the shift that occurred in the body language of not only the person having hands on them, but the givers…

I wonder what it would be like for me now, to be in a place where I would be more open and receptive. Probably amazing. Healing and love….definitely interconnected.

Thank you Lance!
In Harmony,
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Lance Ekum February 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

Well….I can DEFINITELY relate to that idea of not wanting to show much emotion. This idea of my own very personal thoughts/actions – and the sharing of what might feel like weakness/shame/fear/etc – has never been easy.

And the thing was: in this service of healing – I just felt that everyone was there as a conduit of something Higher than self. And that, I know, I felt very strongly. It was as if I was there, and hearing what people were saying and then just letting my own words flow from that – except that my words felt like they were not completely mine – but touched with the presence of God. And there was no judgement, no comparing – just BEING in that moment. And it was truly one of the most life-affirming moments of my life…

Love to you…always…dear friend…


Andrew Walker February 28, 2012 at 2:16 am

Hi Lance. That’s such a nice story. Thanks a lot for sharing this. It’s very inspiring.
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Andrew Walker February 29, 2012 at 3:44 am

Well Lance, love is indeed a very nice thing to be experienced, to be felt, to be walk through with, anytime in your life. You’ll never get tired because of it anyway.
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